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Oct152012

Fall Guide 2012: Halloween Storytimes, Crafts & Events

I'm old enough that I remember when Halloween was just a day (and a night). Now it's a month-long event! Here are Halloween-themed craft events, storytimes and events to add to your calendar for the next 2 1/2 weeks. Please follow the links for detailed schedules:

Photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.WHEATON TRUNK OR TREAT: The Wheaton Park District's "Halloween Happening" is Friday, Oct. 19, this year, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center and Rice Pool and Water Park. Preregistration is not required, and all ages are welcome. Admission is free. There is a small fee for some events (such as the games, which require tickets), and food concessions are available. There will be a costume pageant with prizes early in the evening, a "Trunk or Treat" event in the Rice Pool parking lot, crafts, games and a friendly "Trick or Treat Trail." My daughter and I went to this two years ago, and we had a lot of fun. Click here for a detailed schedule.

BATAVIA BATFEST: The annual "Batfest" in downtown Batavia is always a good time, and this year it's scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family event will feature morning trick-or-treating, storytelling, pumpkin roll, hayrides, farmers' market, a costume parade, games and contests at the Riverwalk. For a complete schedule, please click here. This is a free event.

OSWEGO PUMPKINS: The Little White School Museum is offering a special seasonal craftin which kids are invited to turn a pumpkin into a pirate or a princess. They'll also play pumpkin-themed games, and are urged to come dressed as a pirate or princess. The class will be offered Monday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- aimed at children 3 through 5. It will be offered again on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children ages 5 through 8. The cost is $15 for non-residents, $11 for residents. No registration required; parents must stay with their children. For more info, please visit www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org call 630-554-2999.

OSWEGO STORYTIME: Each month, the Little White School Museum features "Stories Alive!" with a different theme. In October, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m., it's "Pumpkin Fun." There will be a group story hour and a craft, too. Please bring a blanket or mat. You don't need to register. The class is aimed at children ages 2 through 5. The cost is $5 per class. For more info, please visit www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or call 630-554-2999.

GENEVA HAYDAY: The Geneva Park District puts on "Halloween Hayday" inside the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. This year, it will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature pumpkin painting, a cake walk, costume contest, hay rides, bounce houses and more. Open to children ages 10 and under. Free admission for adults. Children are $5 per child (or $8 per non-resident child) with pre-registration or $7/$10 at the door. For more info, please visit http://www.genevaparks.org/index.php  

AURORA STORYTIMES:The Aurora Public Library's Eola Road Branch has a "Halloween Preschool Storytime" scheduled on Monday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 through 5 are urged to come in costume. In addition a Halloween-themed storytime, there will be a short costume parade.  Parents or caregivers must remain in the library's children's area. Also, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, the library will host a "Tiny Tots Halloween Storytime" for children ages 12 months through 23 months, with their caregivers. It will also feature a storytime plus costume parade. And finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. will be the "Toddler Halloween Storytime" for children ages 2 and 3, featuring a costume parade. For more info, please visit www.aurora.lib.il.us or call 630-264-3400.

SYCAMORE FESTIVAL: The annual "Pumpkin Festival" in downtown Sycamore will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 28. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade, plus much more, including plenty of food vendors. There is no charge to wander the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please go to www.sycamorepumpkinfestival.com.

ELGIN LIBRARY: The Gail Borden Public Library is holding a "Halloween Happening" on Monday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. There will be plenty of Halloween fun, including a costume parade around the library. No registration required. For more info, click here or call 847-742-2411.

ELGIN NATURE CENTER: The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center in Elgin hosts a "Hike 'n' Story" for families once a month, followed by play time in its hands-on exhibit room and a simple craft. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m. the event will be Halloween-themed, so litle ones are urged to come in costume. There will even be treats along the way. The fee is $3 for Elgin residents, $4 for non-residents. Aimed at children ages 2-5 with a caretaker. For more info, please visit www.cityofelgin.org or call 847-531-7055.

CANTIGNY STORYTIME: The West Chicago Public Library is teaming up with Cantigny in Wheaton to offer a special "Halloween Storytime" on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. There will be seasonal stories and fun activities. No registration is required, but you should pick up a ticket prior to the event at the West Chicago Public Library which entitles you to FREE parking for the day at Cantigny. For more info, please visit http://www.westchicago.lib.il.us/ or call 630-231-1552.

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Reader Comments (2)

Sycamore.... it's closer than you think!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen E.

Jen E. ... Hee. Hee. That should be Sycamore's official slogan to lure suburban residents even farther west. The Pumpkin Festival is certainly worth the drive!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara Burghart

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